While some may argue that there is nothing like the thrill of purchasing a brand new Rolex or Patek Philippe watch at one of their luxurious boutiques, watch aficionados will also know there is a lot to be said for the history and charm of fine vintage watches. From rare auction lots to classic pieces with historic appeal, here’s our pick of the best vintage sailing watches to buy now.
If you’re into regattas and racing, then Heuer’s classic 1970s chronograph will be right up your street. Purpose built to be used at high speed on the sea, the blue and orange colour combination provides sharp visibility at a glance while the colour-coded sub dial counts down the 15 minutes until the start of a race, allowing the skipper to carefully plan the boat’s movements to gain every advantage. Available from analog/shift, this particular example is in surprisingly good condition bearing in mind the tough environment these watches were built for.
Heuer Skipper circa. 1975, $6,000, analog/shift